12/22/2009 12:00AM

Familiar names added to stud roster

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Barbara D. Livingston
Idiot Proof, a millionaire sprinter who set a track record at Santa Anita, enters stud in 2010 at Ballena Vista Farm.

The 14 stallions who will stand their first seasons at stud in California in 2010 represent a wide variety of prospects for mare owners. There is a Santa Anita Handicap winner, a California-bred millionaire, and multiple stakes winners on turf among the stallions, who are starting their careers or relocating from other states in the new year.

Southern Image, who won the 2004 Big Cap, returns to the state of his biggest success, having stood in Kentucky last year. Idiot Proof, a leading sprinter of 2007, enters stud, while the turf stars Whatsthescript and Dixie Chatter launch their stud careers.

Here is a glance at those, and other stallions, new to the state in 2010.

First-year stallions

Brave Cat (Lion Heart-Clever Squaw)

Farm: Sue Hubbard and Associates

Fee: Free

This unraced 3-year-old is by a stallion who has sired the graded stakes winners Azul Leon, Heart Ashley, and Soul Warrior. His sire Lion Heart won the Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity in 2003 among his five stakes wins, and was second in the 2004 Kentucky Derby. Brave Cat's dam was unraced, and is out of the multiple graded stakes winner Tricky Squaw, who has produced a stakes winner in Tricky Six.

Brave Cat went through the sales ring twice, selling for $200,000 at the 2007 Saratoga summer yearling sale and $320,000 at the 2008 Barretts March sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Bushwacker (Outflanker-Musical Score)

Farm: Lovacres Ranch

Fee: $3,000

Bushwacker won 5 of 25 starts and $285,840 in a five-year career highlighted by a win in the Grade 3 Vernon Underwood Stakes at Hollywood Park in 2007. He was second in the 2004 Hollywood Prevue Stakes and third in the Sunshine Millions Sprint. He was unplaced in the final start of his career, the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen in March 2008.

He is the most successful foal of his dam, who has produced three other winners.

Bushwacker excelled in sprints, winning at distances ranging from 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 furlongs. He was stakes-placed at seven furlongs in the Prevue.

Dixie Chatter (Dixie Union-Mini Chat)

Farm: River Edge Farm

Fee: $5,000

One of the more prominent members of the 2010 new stallion cast, this colt won stakes at 2, 3, and at 4 earlier this year. At 2, he won the Grade 1 Norfolk Stakes at Santa Anita; at 3, he won a division of the Oceanside Stakes at Del Mar; and earlier this year, he won the Grade 2 Arcadia Handicap at Santa Anita. The latter two races were on turf.

Back in March, he was third behind leading turf male Gio Ponti in the Grade 1 Frank Kilroe Mile.

This colt is from a strong female family. His dam Mini Chat is out of Phone Chatter, the champion 2-year-old filly of 1993.

Drum Major (Dynaformer-Endless Parade)

Farm: E.A. Ranches

Fee: Private

A 7-year-old, Drum Major is the rare Dynaformer horse standing at stud in California. He won 6 of 25 starts and $423,836, racing primarily on the East Coast and in Kentucky.

Drum Major won the Grade 3 Knickerbocker Handicap at Aqueduct in 2006, and placed in two graded stakes on turf during the 2007 Saratoga meeting - a second in the Fourstardave Handicap and a third in the Bernard Baruch Handicap.

Earlier in his career, he won two turf stakes in south Florida - the Axthelm Handicap at Calder and the Lure Stakes at Gulfstream Park. He raced over five years, finishing his career last April in an optional claimer at Keeneland.

Idiot Proof (Benchmark-Perfectly Pretty)

Farm: Ballena Vista Farm

Fee: $1,500

A crack sprinter, this horse ended his career earlier this year with 5 wins in 17 starts and earnings of $1,294,484.

The highlights were wins in the Grade 3 Jersey Shore Breeders' Cup Stakes at Monmouth Park in 2007, when he ran six furlongs in a track record 1:07.47, a win in the Grade 1 Ancient Title Stakes at Santa Anita that year, and a second to Midnight Lute in the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Monmouth.

Overseas, he finished second in the Dubai Golden Shaheen in 2008. A California-bred, this horse is by Benchmark, one of California's leading stallions.

Mister Acpen (Golden Voyager-Gruta Azul)

Farm: Spoiled Rotten Ranch

Fee: $1,250

He's a little older than most freshman stallions, but this 11-year-old horse ended his career in 2007 after a two-hemisphere career of 9 wins in 40 starts and earnings of $428,236. He won the Chilean Derby and Chilean 2000 Guineas in South America and won the Grade 3 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Handicap in 2003, a season that included a second-place finish in the Grade 1 Charles Whittingham Handicap and a third in the Grade 2 Citation Handicap.

Spoiled Rotten Ranch's website indicates that a 2-for-1 offer is in effect for breeders that bring two mares to breed to the stallion.

Rivergrade Boy (Grand Slam-OK to Dance)

Farm: Lovacres Ranch

Fee: $2,500

This 4-year-old won 3 of 25 starts and $144,334, with his best result in a stakes a second-place finish in the 2007 Beau Brummel Stakes at Fairplex Park. Racing exclusively in Southern California, his biggest win came in an optional claimer at Santa Anita in October 2008. He also won a maiden claimer and a starter allowance early in his career before he started racing in stakes.

His dam, OK to Dance, was a two-time stakes winner in 2001 who won 4 of 19 starts and $198,425. Her wins came in the Palisades Stakes at Keeneland and the Gaily Gaily Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

Roi Charmant (Evansville Slew-Cantina)

Farm: Victory Rose Thoroughbreds

Fee: $1,000

A winner of 8 of 27 starts and $337,678, this 8-year-old horse had a seven-year campaign that included four stakes-placings - a second in the San Miguel Stakes at Santa Anita in 2004; a second in the Green Flash Handicap at Del Mar, and a third in the Grade 2 Potrero Grande Breeders' Cup Handicap, both in 2005; and a second in the Daytona Handicap in 2006.

This year, he was unbeaten in four starts, winning sprints on turf and dirt for $40,000 and $50,000 claimers at Hollywood Park and Del Mar. Through his career, he won from six to seven furlongs on dirt, turf and synthetic tracks.

Roman Commander (Deputy Commander-Jettin Diplomacy)

Farm: Milky Way Farm

Fee: $2,500

The biggest win in this 5-year-old's career occurred in the 2006 Real Quiet Stakes at Hollywood Park, his lone stakes win in a nine-race career that included two wins and earnings of $231,860.

He was busy at 2 and 3, making 17 starts, including nine races as a juvenile. He did not race after his 3-year-old season, a campaign that included a second in the Derby Trial Stakes at Fairplex Park. His best result in a graded stakes was a third in the Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity in 2006.

His dam, Jettin Diplomacy, is a full sister to Roman Envoy, a gelding who earned $700,831.

Time to Get Even (Stephen Got Even-Tomisue's Pleasure)

Farm: Lovacres Ranch

Fee: $4,000

Recently retired after a career of 3 wins in 16 starts and earnings of $150,084, this horse had his best performance with a win in the Grade 3 Laz Barrera Stakes at Hollywood Park in 2007. More recently, he ran in claiming sprints and optional claimers earlier this year, winning a $40,000 claimer at Hollywood Park. His wins ranged from six to seven furlongs.

His dam, Tomisue's Pleasure, is out of the graded stakes winner Summer Matinee ($277,870), a five-time winner.

Stephen Got Even is the sire of the champion Stevie Wonderboy and 2009 Wood Memorial winner I Want Revenge.

Whatsthescript (Royal Applause-Grizel)

Farm: Tommy Town Thoroughbreds

Fee: $4,000

Arguably the best turf horse in California in 2008, this 5-year-old Irish-bred won 6 of 19 starts and $907,964 in a four-year career that started in Ireland.

A winner of five stakes, he won two major stakes in 2008 - the Grade 2 American Handicap and the Grade 2 Del Mar Mile - before finishing third in the Breeders' Cup Mile that season.

This year, he was winless in five starts, but was third in three graded turf stakes - the American Handicap, Grade 1 Eddie Read Stakes, and Grade 2 Oak Tree Mile. He won at distances from seven furlongs to 1 1/8 miles.

Relocated stallions

Kafwain (Cherokee Run-Swazi's Moment)

Farm: Tommy Town Thoroughbreds

Fee: $5,000

This 9-year-old has moved to California following success by his son The Pamplemousse, who dominated the local 3-year-old division at Santa Anita in the spring, winning the Sham Stakes and San Rafael Stakes.

Kafwain previously stood at Hurstland Farm in Midway, Ky., for $6,500. His other notable foals have included the graded stakes winners Don't Forget Gil ($318,867) and Massive Drama ($236,232), and the multiple stakes winners Kadira and Yonegwa.

A winner of 4 of 11 and $715,848, he won two stakes at 2 - the Grade 2 Norfolk and Grade 3 Best Pal Stakes - and was second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Arlington Park.

Snorter (Awesome Again-Retiro Park)

Farm: Madera Thoroughbreds

Fee: $2,000

A recent arrival from British Columbia, this 9-year-old entered stud in 2008. His oldest foals are yearlings in 2010. In Canada, Snorter stood for $2,000.

On the racetrack, Snorter won 5 of 26 starts and $242,593, with his most prestigious win coming in the Grade 3 Berkeley Breeders' Cup Handicap at Golden Gate Fields in 2004. He was also third in the Grade 3 Seabiscuit Breeders' Cup Handicap at Bay Meadows that season. At 5, he won an allowance race over 1 1/16 miles at Oaklawn Park.

His dam, Retiro Park, did not race, but is a sister to Meadow Star, the champion 2-year-old filly of 1990.

Southern Image (Halo's Image-Pleasant Dixie)

Farm: Rancho San Miguel

Fee: $5,000

The winner of the 2004 Santa Anita Handicap, Southern Image stood for $7,500 at Taylor Made Farms in Kentucky last year. A 9-year-old, he won 6 of 8 starts, 4 stakes, and $1,843,750 in a three-year racing career. His other major stakes wins include the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes in 2003, and the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic and Grade 1 Pimlico Special, both in 2004.

His oldest foals are 2-year-olds this year, and include the stakes-placed runners Privilaged, who was third in the Jack Goodman Stakes at Santa Anita in October, Winning Image, and Best Be Quick.